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California prisons and mentally ill inmates

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Earlier this month the California Department of Corrections introduced new policies related to mentally ill prisoners. The reforms were in response to a well publicized order from a federal judge who said that use of force and solitary confinement of mentally ill inmates was unconstitutional.

While many of the reforms have been put into operation, prison officials have not yet created a plan that deals with inmates housed in Special Housing Units - the high security unit often referred to as the SHU.

We talk about it with LA Times reporter Paige St. John  


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